If the rumors are to be believed, Apple is working on a larger-than-ever iPad. Certainly, its competitors are moving to capitalize on the market for larger tablets, and so it’s not incredibly hard to believe that Apple may have its own eyes on that same market segment. A couple days back, we were brainstorming a little about just how a 12.9-inch iPad might work, focusing in particular on the choice of system software; iOS works great on the iPad as we know it now, but with something this large – and especially if it launches as the iPad Pro (juxtaposed with the iPad Air) – might it run something closer to OS X? Heck, even Microsoft is talking about merging its mobile and desktop lines. Well, we hate to be the party pooper, but it doesn’t sound like we should bet on an iOS/OS X crossover anytime soon, at least not according to a few Apple bigwigs.
In a recent interview featuring Apple’s Phil Schiller, Bud Tribble, and Craig Federighi, the execs soundly dismissed the idea of iOS and OS X merging. Schiller called the very notion “a waste of energy,” while Federighi talked about how “convergence” wasn’t necessarily a goal Apple’s interested in attaining, and explained that Apple wouldn’t dare risk the Mac devolving into something “less good at being a Mac” because of pressure to adopt iOS.
Basically, Apple believes that sharing common aesthetics and design principles between its multiple platforms ultimately creates enough unity while also giving different classes of devices the freedom to do what they need to succeed.
Where does that leave the 12.9-inch iPad? Well, it will either be pure iOS or (and sounding less likely) pure OS X, but this hybrid idea looks dead in the water.